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Program at Tualatin Library to ask 'Why Play Matters'

Oregon Humanities sponsoring conversation Thursday evening.

How important is it to get out and play?

That’s the question Tualatin residents will be discussing Thursday, during a conversation at the Tualatin Public Library.

Oregon Humanities is sponsoring the conversation about the importance of play and physical activity for both children and adults alike.

The program, “Why Play Matters: Promoting Health and Creativity for Kids and Adults,” dovetails nicely with the library’s former “Play Like a Kid” events, weekly get-togethers where adults played games and built LEGOs, among creative and fun activities.

That program was discontinued earlier this year due to low turnout, said Julie Wickman, a library programming specialist, although the library is exploring ways to relaunch the series as something that will generate more interest. The concept of adult play is still of interest to her, she said.

“I think it's a topic that a lot of adults can appreciate,” she said of Thursday's program. “A lot of adults feel overwhelmed with the information coming in — just not a lot of time for play or fun.”

The topic also relates to the “sporty” theme of the library's summer reading program, Wickman said.

Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities, said that conversations like the one being sponsored next week are meant to get attendees thinking — and talking — about their lives, their society and the people around them.

“Conversation projects are proposed by Oregonians around the state who apply,” Davis explained. “They say, 'I have this idea — I want to get people talking about, for example, play.'”

The conversation at the Tualatin Library is hosted by “play activists” Jonathan Blasher and Tara Doherty.

The program is intended for adults and teenagers who are at least 16 years old. It will also include interactive play for participants.

The event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday. No registration is required.

The Tualatin Library is located at 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave.

By Mark Miller
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